The spotlight was on Cristiano Ronaldo for the first match under former player Michael Carrick and he never disappointed. Carrick was put in charge of the team after the departure of his former teammate and boss Ole Gunnar Solskjær.
Cristiano Ronaldo was expectedly named in the starting lineup and helped the team breakdown a stubborn Villarreal late on in the second half before being at the centre of the making of the second goal for Jadon Sancho who scored his first for the club.
Ronaldo had a fair game and was at the centre of everything Manchester United did in attack. Asides his goal, he completed four of his four dribbles. He had four shots, two were on target, one was off target while the other was blocked.
He completed 80% of his passes and also put in some defensive shift by winning five out of his six ground duels while he only won two of his six aerial duels, poor considering his aerial prowess. He was named UEFA man of the match though that sounds a bit unfair on goalkeeper David de Gea.